LISA M NARRAMORE’s early childhood in the old Transvaal bushveld cultivated a great love for the African wilderness. As a child, she was an avid explorer and frequently came home with small ‘rescued’ animals. The desire to protect and to draw animals was further enhanced by stories of the Amazon jungle from a family friend who worked there throughout Lisa’s childhood. She later spent numerous adult years living outside the Kruger National Park, where she studied and photographed animals and birdlife as painting subjects.
Her mother’s family now run a remote game lodge on San Bushman-owned land in Dqae Qare, Botswana. Lisa paints the people of this region exclusively for the lodge; from this location, she is also able to venture into Central Kalahari for observation and photography. Closer to home, Lisa spends time in the Magaliesberg region near her birthplace, where close friends own a game farm.
Granddaughter of late wildlife artist Annie Laws-Wright and the late Dougie Laws of Springbok radio fame, Lisa was compelled at a very young age to begin her creative journey; she was further influenced by her paternal grandfather, landscape artist EW Narramore.
Now with a 25 year career in wildlife art behind her, Narramore is an accomplished painter who has sold to buyers from all over Europe and America. She is particularly knowledgeable on leopards and these have proven to be her bestsellers.
Apart from painting wildlife (including horses and non-indigenous species), Lisa is a foreign English teacher and humanitarian with a great love for tribal peoples around the world, which is sometimes seen in her artwork.
In the early 2000s Lisa ran an art gallery in Knysna – the Dave Croad Gallery - during which time she was actively involved in community projects, live demos and art festivals – most notably the Knysna Arts Experience, which she co-ordinated in 2004. She was featured in Garden Route Living magazine as an oil painter - also appearing on the cover of a later issue. After being widowed in her 30’s, Lisa moved to the small bohemian community of Wilderness and worked from her home studio, continuing her craft of wildlife painting. It was a time of great need for freedom of expression, and the artist filled every spare moment with experimentation. She ran a successful side-line business as an illustrator, as well as painting many large murals, maps and movie props. Now, after almost a decade of painting solely commissioned work, Lisa is venturing into the galleries of Cape Town. While still painting primarily in oils, she has had success with pencil and coloured pencil work and will be doing more watercolours in 2018.
Artist: LISA NARRAMORE
Size: 121 x 45.5 cm
Price: R 45 000 Framed